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I Took the Pieces You Threw Away

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I Took the Pieces You Threw Away

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Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001




Paint on metal, glitter, and wire

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12 3/4 x 40 x 1 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


Finster took the words of this hand-lettered sign, which once graced his front porch, from his own poem chronicling the creation of Paradise Garden, the environment of buildings, sculptures, and paintings he created and objects he found or collected from local dumps and other sites. The background spaces between the letters are filled with multi-colored dots and Finster’s iconic, stylized angels.


Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc., and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign

Image Copyright

© Howard Finster/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York